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you know this is basically like taking the sat's in high school. All the educators know that is how their students are evaluated so they teach them how to take the test. You would think since Bench is an evaluated element of the NFL combine, it would be taught at least to prospective players. I think that is a disservice to them. And Old Tiger you are not exactly correct about the only time bench would be used is in pass blocking. most trainers agree if you had to choose 3 core exercises for total body strength it would be bench, squats, and military press. DLs' would use the muscles gained from Bench Press as well as these other two exercises on every play.
Not exactly... The bench press is a measuring stick for upper body strength as well as having its practical uses. A stronger chest/upper body helps with explosiveness, ball skills, lineman moves, and basically overpowering your opponent....So it's not just for "filling out a form fitting UnderArmour shirt".
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Well, whether or not it's fair is really irrelevant. What matters is that NFL does take a lot of stock into the bench press. Therefore, somebody who is the program for four years of weight training should be able to do more than 225lbs for 4 repetitions. The Combine is for those who haven't really been heavy on pro-scouts radar. It's not as big of a deal for the stars though great stats at the Combine don't hurt them either. Pro-Days are supposed to be these kids' showcase. They should be highly successful for a Pro-Day but 4 repetitions on the bench press is not highly successful if the NFL scouts really value such an exercise. Obviously, those scouts really do hold it as important therefore are strength and conditioning program should as well. I don't care who likes it and who does not want to do it. That may have cost Thorpe millions.
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